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The circuit court found Amtrak and freight railroads are rivals competing for "scarce resources." (Credit: AP)

Amtrak Cannot Regulate Competitors, DC Circ. Says

The D.C. Circuit on Friday ruled that giving Amtrak the authority to set performance and scheduling standards along the nation’s passenger railways violates the constitutional due process rights of freight railroads using the same tracks, overturning a related law.

  • EFH Pivots To New Ch. 11 Plan After $20B Oncor Deal Falters

    Energy Future Holding Corp. filed a new Chapter 11 plan Sunday that features alternative options for dealing with the power giant’s stake in electricity transmission unit Oncor after the roughly $20 billion deal at the heart of a prior strategy fell apart.

  • Pa. To Drop Appeals In Penn State Sex Abuse Cover-Up Case

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced Friday that the state would not appeal rulings that slashed the charges faced by three former Pennsylvania State University administrators accused of interfering with the investigation into assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse.

  • Husch Blackwell Boosts Atty Count To 700 With Firm Merger

    Kansas City-based Husch Blackwell LLP is merging with Wisconsin business and litigation law firm Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek SC to create a 700-attorney firm with offices in 19 cities, the firms announced Friday.

  • 'American Idol' Producer Clears First Day Hurdles In Ch. 11

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Friday cleared the way for the company that produces “American Idol” to keep the business afloat as it begins a Chapter 11 restructuring, which was set off by a contract dispute with the show’s creator Simon Fuller.

  • Fed. Circ. Refuses To Restrict Venue In Patent Cases

    The Federal Circuit on Friday denied liquid sweetener company TC Heartland LLC’s request for new restrictions on where patent suits can be filed, rejecting an argument that would have effectively barred most suits from the patent hotbed of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • Texas High Court Nixes Houston Air Quality Law

    The Texas Supreme Court said Friday that the heart of a Houston air quality law is preempted by the state's Clean Air Act, handing a victory to an industry group including ExxonMobil Corp. and Dow Chemical Co. that had challenged the law.